How do historians discover and interpret the experiences of 19th-century African American women and men when most of the documents preserved in the Library of Virginia and other archives reflect the perspectives of white men? Join us and the Library of Virginia in Richmond as historian Dr. Lois Leveen demonstrates how new research can unearth centuries of Black activism in Virginia and reveal powerful new understandings of America’s past.

Dr. Lois Leveen is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Secrets of Mary Bowser and is currently a Virginia Humanities Research Fellow at the Library of Virginia where she is researching her first nonfiction book about the real woman who inspired her novel.

To protect the health of those in attendance, audience members will be required to wear masks at this in-person event. No registration required. For more information, contact Elizabeth Klaczynski at elizabeth.klaczynski@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3536.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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